1934–35 Northern Rugby Football League season

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1934–35 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Teams 28
RFL Championship
Champions Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Season Leaders Swintoncolours.svg Swinton
Top point-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Jim Sullivan 348
Top try-scorer(s) Wigancolours.svg Jack Morley 49
Seasons

The 1934–35 Rugby Football League season was the 40th season of rugby league football. A single league Championship was contested by twenty eight teams. The Challenge Cup was contested for the 35th time and the first European Championship took place between England, France and Wales.

Season summary[edit]

Swinton won their third Championship beating Warrington 14-3 in the play-off final after ending the regular season as the league leaders.

The Challenge Cup winners were Castleford who defeated Huddersfield 11-8 in the final.

London Highfield returned north and changed their name to Liverpool Stanley. [1]

Bradford Northern move into their new Odsal Stadium. The first match there on 1 September 1934 ended in a loss to Huddersfield.[2]

Salford won the Lancashire League, and Leeds won the Yorkshire League. Salford beat Wigan 21–12 to win the Lancashire County Cup, and Leeds beat Wakefield Trinity 5–5 (replays: 2–2, 13–0) to win the Yorkshire County Cup.

Championship[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA Pts
1 Swinton 38 30 1 7 468 175 61
2 Warrington 38 28 3 7 445 253 59
3 Wigan 38 26 4 8 790 290 56
4 Salford 38 27 1 10 478 272 55
5 Leeds 38 26 2 10 531 321 54
6 Hull 38 25 0 13 562 430 50
7 Huddersfield 38 22 3 13 552 379 47
8 York 38 21 3 14 527 374 45
9 Castleford 38 20 3 15 512 355 43
10 St Helens Recs 38 21 1 16 431 404 43
11 Hunslet 38 21 0 17 549 461 42
12 Keighley 38 20 2 16 398 479 42
13 Broughton Rangers 38 20 1 17 451 357 41
14 Halifax 38 18 4 16 380 314 40
15 Liverpool Stanley 38 18 2 18 399 287 38
16 Wakefield Trinity 38 18 1 19 494 331 37
17 Widnes 38 18 0 20 395 339 36
18 Oldham 38 15 4 19 358 447 34
19 Rochdale Hornets 38 16 1 21 395 521 33
20 Barrow 38 15 1 22 396 460 31
21 St. Helens 38 14 3 21 278 377 31
22 Dewsbury 38 14 2 22 307 501 30
23 Hull Kingston Rovers 38 13 1 24 414 514 27
24 Leigh 38 13 0 25 311 589 26
25 Bradford Northern 38 11 1 26 321 580 23
26 Batley 38 9 1 28 306 603 19
27 Featherstone Rovers 38 6 0 32 293 804 12
28 Bramley 38 4 1 33 337 861 9

Championship Play-Offs[edit]

Semi-finals Championship Final
      
1 Swinton 10
4 Salford 2
Swinton 14
Warrington 3
2 Warrington 9
3 Wigan 0

Challenge Cup[edit]

Castleford beat Huddersfield 11-8 in the final at Wembley before a crowd of 39,000. This was Castleford’s first Challenge Cup Final win in their first Final appearance.

This was Huddersfield’s first defeat in six Final’s appearances.[3]


European Championship[edit]

The tri-nation tournament was played between January and April 1935 as single round robin games between England, France and Wales. This was the first Rugby League European Championship, won by England on Points Average.[4]
Match Details

Date Venue Home Team Score Away Team
1 Jan 1935 Bordeaux France 18 - 11 Wales
28 Mar 1935 Paris France 15 - 15 England
10 April 1935 Liverpool England 24 - 11 Wales

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1934-35 Season summary". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  2. ^ "Bradford Bulls History". Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  3. ^ "RFL Challenge Cup Roll of Honour". Archived from the original on 2009-09-04. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  4. ^ Raymond Fletcher; David Howes (1995). Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1995-1996. London: Headline Book Publishing. p. 424. ISBN 0-7472-7817-2.

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